Russian hackers steal over $500,000 from Turkish banks

Russian hackers steal over $500,000 from Turkish banks
Russian hackers steal over $500,000 from Turkish banks 

MOSCOW - July 30 (RIA Novosti) - Two un-named hackers from the Russian 
city of Togliatti on the Volga River stole over $500,000 over a period 
of two years from bank accounts in Turkey, Interior Ministry 
investigators said Monday.

The two men purchased a dedicated server with remote access to a desktop 
hosted in a U.S. data center, and a special application capable of 
infecting banking computers in Turkey with a Trojan virus to obtain 
information on bank accounts, investigators said. One of the hackers has 
been arrested, and the other is on a federal wanted list.

After processing the obtained information, the hackers transferred money 
to accounts of Turkish collaborators, who in turn cashed the money in 
and later transferred it to Togliatti via Western Union.

The Interior Ministry's investigation committee said there were a total 
of 265 registered money transfers totaling $508,000 between February 
2005 and April 2007.

One of the men, arrested in June this year on fraud charges, is being 
held in a pre-trial detention center in the Samara Region. 

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